Beginner Dressmaking - Alterations

The Essential Guide to Altering & Adapting Clothes

All Day Workshop

Date : Saturday 1st February 

Time : 10.00am - 5.00pm

Price : £99.00

Why spend a fortune paying someone else to alter clothes for you when you can do it yourself? Feeling inspired and really want to breathe new life into those styles in your wardrobe? Thinking sustainably - recycling and reworking vintage finds maybe?

Join us for a technique packed day, and be taught the correct way to alter and adapt the pieces you still want to wear! 


 We show you the easy ways to alter, perfect for anyone who can use a sewing machine.


Techniques taught in class:

  • Sewing on buttons & other fastenings

  • Unpicking

  • Hemming trousers, skirts & dresses

  • Back darts to upcycle or create a fitted blouse / shirt 

  • Let out / take in suit trousers

  • Slim trouser legs

  • Take up straps of dresses with lining

  • How to fix a gaping armhole

  • Correct button placement

  • Replace a broken zipper (learn how to use a zipper foot)


You will be given step by step demonstrations by your tutor, and can then practice on sample swatches and your garments in class.


Please bring along two articles of clothing you would like to alter and we will work on these in class. The amount of clothes alterations you couple depend on your sewing skills, and speed on a machine or hand sewing. If you do not complete all alterations, good news - you will leave with lots of tips and guidance on how to finish at home.

What is included in the price?

  • The class includes expert instruction to a small class of 6 maximum. 

  • We guarantee as much one to one tuition as you need in class

  • The use of our beautiful fashion studio for the day

  • The use of all our tools, equipment and cutting tables

  • Help yourself to tea, coffee and sweet treats any time in class

What you will need to bring with you

  • Your sewing machine (we can hire one if needed for a small fee)

  • Your two garments you want to alter in class.

  • Two spools of thread to match your two garments.

  • Notebook, pen and mobile phone for photos and recording important tips & techniques. 

Skill level required to join class

This course is suitable for the beginner or improver dressmaker.  Sewing skills are needed.

You can use a machine unaided, understand seam allowances, and will have completed a few sewing projects to completion successfully.


***This course is not suitable for the absolute beginner***

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